No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel

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Rebirth here turns out to be denial, which may work for short spurts, but eventually has to give way to reality.
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From the award-winning author of Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty, coming Summer 2016.


In 1939, the families in a remote Jewish village in Romania feel the war close in on them. Their tribe has moved and escaped for thousands of years- across oceans, deserts, and mountains-but now, it seems, there is nowhere else to go. Danger is imminent in every direction, yet the territory of imagination and belief is limitless. At the suggestion of an eleven-year-old girl and a mysterious stranger who has washed up on the riverbank, the villagers decide to reinvent the world: deny any relationship with the known and start over from scratch. Destiny is unwritten. Time and history are forgotten. Jobs, husbands, a child, are reassigned. And for years, there is boundless hope. But the real world continues to unfold alongside the imagined one, eventually overtaking it, and soon our narrator-the girl, grown into a young mother-must flee her village, move from one world to the next, to find her husband and save her children, and propel them toward a real and hopeful future. A beguiling, imaginative, inspiring story about the bigness of being alive as an individual, as a member of a tribe, and as a participant in history, No One Is Here Except All Of Us explores how we use storytelling to survive and shape our own truths. It marks the arrival of a major new literary talent.


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About Ramona Ausubel

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RAMONA AUSUBEL is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of California, Irvine. She has been published in The New Yorker, One Story, The Paris Review Daily, and Best American Fantasy. She is the recipient of the Glenn Schaeffer Award in fiction, and was a finalist for the Puschcart Prize. Ausubel lives in California.
 
Published February 2, 2012 by Riverhead Books. 417 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jane Ciabattari on Feb 03 2012

Young Lena’s narration is sometimes so naïve, it threatens to diminish the gravity of the historic events she describes.

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Reviewed by Rachel Syme on Feb 15 2012

Ausubel's constructed world is one in which everyone wants to believe.

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Reviewed by Emily Donaldson on Mar 10 2012

Rebirth here turns out to be denial, which may work for short spurts, but eventually has to give way to reality.

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